Director of Kenyan lesbian film says officials threatened to arrest her


Rafiki, which means friend in Swahili, is about two Kenyan girls who fall in love. It was banned in Kenya as the director refused to censor it. She says she was afraid for her safety staying in her homeland. According to Indian newspaper The Hindu, the director said in an interview on Friday that the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), a government body that regulates movies in the country, warned that she might be put behind the bars. “It seems like they are trying to build a case to imprison me… Most recently I saw them tweeting that I have broken the law,” she said, adding that she could expect the film being banned but threatens were too much even for the conservative Kenya. But it is still her home and she won’t stop doing what she is doing. “I won’t stop doing my work because other people are trying to violate my right. I think it’s for them to deal with their violations. If they want they can arrest me and we can go to court to prove I haven’t broken the law. But I am going home. It’s where I live. I am not going to hide, I am not going into exile. My family is there, my children are there, my husband is not about to leave. It’s a place that inspires me, that I make films for, the place that I make films about,” she said.


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